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English citations of agrin

Adjective: "grinning or appearing pleased"[edit]

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  • 1847Alfred Tennyson, The Princess:
    Yea, let her see me fall! and with that I drave
    Among the thickest and bore down a Prince,
    And Cyril, one. Yea, let me make my dream
    All that I would. But that large-moulded man,
    His visage all agrin as at a wake,
    Made at me through the press, and, staggering back
    With stroke on stroke the horse and horseman, came
    As comes a pillar of electric cloud,
    Flaying the roofs and sucking up the drains,
    And shadowing down the champaign till it strikes
  • 1849Charlotte Brontë, Shirley, Chapter III:
    When a ray from a lantern (the three pedestrians of the party carried each one) fell on Mr. Moore's face, you could see an unusual, because a lively, spark dancing in his eyes, and a new-found vivacity mantling on his dark physiognomy; and when the rector's visage was illuminated, his hard features were revealed all agrin and ashine with glee.